Back To The Life of a Freelancer…

Death's Head versus Death's Head: Freelancing is Fun. Art by Chris Holmes
Death’s Head versus Death’s Head: because the battle never ends… Art: Chris Holmes

So. Today is my first day as a freelance comic keeping operative once more, with ROK Comics behind me and several projects in the works.

I’m excited but nervous. It’s been a fraught few weeks in the run up to this step back into the unknown, but I think, overall, it was for the best. The projects I’m working on now – which include developing this site into new areas, promoting the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and working with B7 Media on the new Dan Dare audio adventures – offer many challenges, but I’m more aware of the potential pitfalls to the freelance life than, perhaps, I was in the past. We’ll see.

I’d like to thank all the readers of downthetubes, old and new, for their continued support, and friends and business partners for their backing.

It’s going to be a challenge. But that’s what keeps us alive, yes?

See you in the funny papers.

John Freeman

1st March 2016

• Find out more about my past projects here

Death's Head versus Death's Head II art by Chris Holmes
Death’s Head versus Death’s Head: because the battle never ends… Art: Chris Holmes

Featured Art Information

• Based in Central Hawke’s Bay, the Death’s Head versus Death’s Head art above is the work of illustrator and designer Chris Holmes, which he freely acknowledges is a homage in itself to the Batman meme image inspired by a panel from World’s Finest #153.

• Check out Chris’ web site here and find him on Faceboook here. Here’s his blank meme art for you to create your own – just open the image in a new window to see it full size

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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